Oct. 13, 2013
ROCKFORD, Ill. - Minnesota's rowing team faced its first NCAA Division I competition of the season on Sunday at the Head of the Rock regatta, and head coach Wendy Davis' Gophers fared very well.
Minnesota had three entries in the Collegiate 4+ and three in the Collegiate 8+, with the Gophers taking first, second and fifth in the 4's, and second, fifth and seventh in the 8's.
In the Collegiate 4, Minnesota's A boat of coxswain Armonia Balch, Katherine Windsor, Lynn Hodnett, Ellen Hughes, and Catherine Ahrens narrowly edged out the Gophers' B boat of coxswain Meredith Kelly, Lisa Weeks, Chelsea Miller, Sarah Sobek, and Jaime Friscia by just 0:00.31. The winning time for the A boat was 17:10.19.
According to Davis, Minnesota's A boat in the 4's got caught way outside its intended line on the biggest turn on the Rock River course, which she estimates cost it about 10-15 seconds. So it was an impressive win for the Gophers top two boats, with Wisconsin boats finishing third, fourth, sixth and seventh.
In the 8's, Minnesota's A boat of coxswain Rachael Rogers, Katherine Windsor, Lynn Hodnett, Elisabeth Bott, Ellen Hughes, Sarah Sobek, Sara Scarbro, Lisa Weeks and Chelsea Miller captured second place in a time of 15:35.95. The Gophers' B team of coxswain Breanna TenEyck, Tabitha Andelin, Jen Kohl, Kylie Andersen, Rebecca Braak, Brianna Boileau, Madison Koch, Mari Sundbo and Nicolette Marquardt finished fifth in 15:49.27.
Minnesota now sets its sights on next weekend's trip to Boston for the Head of the Charles regatta, one of the world's largest rowing events. The Gophers' varsity 8 will compete at the regatta, which takes place Oct. 19-20.
NOTE: On the Collegiate 8+ video above, Minnesota was running a perfect line. The buoy, on the other hand, was not. It was a stray that had unfortunately floated into the Gophers' path.
Catching Up with Coach Davis
GopherSports.com had the chance to catch up with head rowing coach Wendy Davis to recap the weekend and preview the upcoming season.
Gophers Featured in Star Tribune Column
Patrick Reusse spent time with the Gopher rowing team last week during a morning practice.
Gophers Compete in Boston
Competing among 33 boats in the prestigious Head of the Charles Regatta, the Minnesota rowing team finished 16th on Sunday afternoon.